YAMAHA SA SERIES

The Yamaha Super Axe (SA) Series are ES-335 semi hollow bodies. The SAs have a deserved reputation as high quality more affordable alternatives to a Gibson ES-335. These SA models are generally made in Japan - but some of the lower number models may be made in Indonesia.  The body shape of the Yamaha SA models has slightly thinner horns than a Gibson ES-335. The headstock angle is a little flatter than the 17 degrees used by Gibson. The SAs also have a volute behind the nut to help strengthen this area. Notable Yamaha SA players include John Etheridge, Frank Gambale and Jon Scofield.

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YAMAHA SA 1100

YAMAHA began making the SA 1100 in 1994

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YAMAHA SA 500

The first SA 500 was produced by YAMAHA in 2005

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YAMAHA SA 800

YAMAHA produced the SA 800 between 1983 and 1989

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YAMAHA SA-2000

The ES-335 style Yamaha SA 2000 was made between 1981 and 1989. It is like the SA 1100 but has a curly maple top (or laminated beech/birch top on the early models) with ebony fingerboard and abalone split block inlays.

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YAMAHA SA-2100

The Yamaha SA-2100 was introduced around 1985 and available until 1989. It had an ES-335 style body like the SA-1100 model but with laminted beech and birch top and back, w-b-w-binding, bound ebony fretboard with split block inlays, 1-23/32" nut width, 24-3/4" scale length, 2 humbucking covered Alnico humbucking pickups

The Yamaha 1990 catalog lists  an SA-2100 II model, which was the likely replacement for this one.

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YAMAHA SA-2200

The Yamaha SA-2200 is a Japanese made ES-335 style semi-hollowbody electric guitar model first introduced in 1992. The SA-2200 is similar to the SA-1100 but with fancier appointments including gold-plated hardware, split block inlaid ebony fretboard and multi-ply body and headstock binding. The finger board has 22 medium gauge frets. Pickups are two Yamaha Alnico V humbuckers, which can be coil tapped using the SA-2200's push-pull tone knobs. The SA2200 has a stop tailpiece and tune-o-matic style bridge.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsFinish effectsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
brown finishsunburst finishJapan6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
black finish, brown finish, red finishsunburst finishJapan6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
brown finishsunburst finishJapan6 strings24.75 inches scale-length
ModelBody back materialBody shape featuresBody styleBody top materialHollow bodyPickguard shapeSoundhole
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
laminated beech/birch body backdouble cutawayES-335 stylemaple body topsemi-hollow bodyraised pickguard2 f-holes
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
laminated beech/birch body backdouble cutawayES-335 stylelaminated beech/birch body top-raised pickguard-
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
laminated maple body backdouble cutawayES-335 styleflamed maple body top-raised pickguard-
ModelBridgeHardware colorTailpiece
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwarestop tailpiece
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
-gold hardwarestop tailpiece
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
tune-o-matic bridgegold hardwarestop tailpiece
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard inlay material
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
ebony fingerboardsplit block fingerboard position markers-
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
ebony fingerboardsplit block fingerboard position markersabalone fingerboard inlay material
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
ebony fingerboardsplit block fingerboard position markers-
ModelNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNeck widthNeck joint
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
mahogany neck22 fretbound headstockthree-each-side--
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
mahogany neck22 fretbound headstockthree-each-side1.72 inches wide neck-
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
mahogany neck22 fretbound headstockthree-each-side-set neck
ModelPickup selector controlsTone controlsVolume controls
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
3-way selector switch1 tone control, 2 tone controls, push-pull tone control2 volume controls
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
3-way selector switch1 tone control, push-pull tone control2 volume controls
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
2 coil tap switches, 3-way selector switch2 tone controls, push-pull tone control2 volume controls
ModelPickups configuration
YAMAHA SA 1100
1994
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YAMAHA SA 500
2005
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YAMAHA SA 800
1983 to 1989
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YAMAHA SA-2000
1981 to 1989
2 humbucker pickups
YAMAHA SA-2100
1985 to 1989
2 humbucker pickups
YAMAHA SA-2200
1992
2 humbucker pickups

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Yamaha SA2100

I own a Yamaha SA2100.  You say they were made from 1985 to 1986.  Well, that fits my guitar -- made in 1985 per Yamaha's serial no wizard.  However, I wrote to Yamaha Support for info on this model and THEY told me it was only made from 86 to 89.  Made me think for a moment my guitar might have been physically made in 1985 but officially sold in 1986; but then I thought more likely Yamaha Support has bad records on this.  I've even seen a 1984 Yamaha SA2100 listed for sale.  But, anyway, it does raise some questions about your source for saying these were only made from 95 to 86.

Another thing:  I have seen a Yamaha SA2100ii.  It is in the 1990 Yamaha guitar catalogue.  Appears identical to the SA2100, except maybe some cosmetic stuff.  may not have two-tone stop-tail-piece (all gold-plated instead of the silver & gold on the SA2100), and the Yamaha logo on the headstock is different (matching the logo Yamaha started using in or around the 90s).